2004 Williams-Selyem "Hirsch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1051546 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 The most notable feature of this wine, the thing that really distinguishes it from the other Pinots in Bob Cabral’s stable, is acidity. It just sings and zings. Meanwhile the fruity flavor from this hot vintage is enormous. Blackberries, cherries, mocha, molasses, the list goes on. Delicious now, this will improve for four years, and hold for another six.  (3/2007)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 **Outstanding** The most complex nose of any wine in the range with a lovely blend of high-toned red berry fruit that avoids any candied notes and subtle hints of sandalwood and spice that can also be found on the rich, serious and beautifully detailed flavors that have a very classy mouth feel and much better harmony and balance on the long finish. A stunner.  (10/2007)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** Deep, convincing, and entirely lovely from start to finish, this engaging wine is a touch toasty in orientation and boasts layers of young fruit in aromas that unfold in the glass. The same sense of restraint yet depth is echoed by confident, still emerging flavors whose sense of nerve matches the depth of its ripe, rich, keenly focused fruit.  (2/2007)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard (510 cases) is a stunner, with a dense ruby/purple color and a rich nose of forest floor and red and black fruits mixed with some subtle oak and crushed rock. Fruit-forward, rich, medium to full-bodied, and impressively done ... (RP)  (12/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Perfumed nose combines minerals, graphite and fresh herbs. Sweet, lush and spicy, but without the grip of the Peay. Offers very good density and concentration, though. Finishes with substantial sweet tannins and a slight youthful aggressiveness. This is very good but I was still thinking about the Peay when I had this in my mouth.  (6/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Shows good intensity, with earthy, vibrant mineral, dried cherry and berry notes that turn expansive on the finish. Offers a hint of creamy oak, with firm tannins.  (5/2007)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).